Wednesday, 21 May 2008

To Everest and back

For the last six days, Amy and I have been trekking up in the remote Himalayas, in the Everest region.

I won't bore you with details of tranquillity and stunning scenery. Instead I'll attempt to summarise an overview with some brief bullet points just to give you an idea of what we've been up to. After this dry introduction, we'll post some photos and write about some of the other more interesting elements of the trek.

  • We flew into the remote Lukla airport - a tiny airstrip in the Everest region of Nepal, six days walk from the nearest road.
  • From here we trekked for four days (we had to have one rest day to allow for acclimatisation so we didn't suffer altitude sickness) up mountains to Tengboche monastery where we hoped to catch a glimpse of Everest. Then we trekked for two days back to Lukla to catch our flight back.
  • A typical day of trekking consisted of us waking up at 5am, then walking for about 5 hours (stopping at little tea houses for food or tea to fuel us) .
  • We were pretty high up and reached an altitude of 3840m (roughly four times the height of Britain's highest mountain).
  • The whole region is incredible - there are only two transport options: walking or yaks. No wheeled vehicles of any kind, whatsoever.

This photo here is of Kongde Ri (not Everest), the first high mountain we saw. If you want to find out more, feel free to leave a question for us.

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